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Best Ways to Spend A Day on Oslofjord

The fjord - or a sea inlet, usually surrounded by cliffs - is part of the geographical Norwegian imagination. So it's only fitting that the capital, Oslo, has its own! What are the best ways to while away the hours on Oslofjord?

Cruise

Cruise

Relax for a couple hours, taking pictures of traditional seaside homes, as well as the mountainous natural landscape. Add a shrimp dinner or see a live blues performance on board!

Bike Ride

Bike Ride

The freedom on a bike is always the best! Glide along and breathe in the salty fjord air, it's nothing short of perfect. Rent a city bike card at the Oslo Visitor Center!

Island Hopping

Island Hopping

Get away from the city buzz and experience some tranquility on one of Oslo's islands. Forests and hiking trails make this a retreat for residents and tourists alike.

Our insider tips

When should I go?

Spring or summer - March to September - will have lovely weather, although it may be a little rain-prone!

When do cruises begin?

It depends where your starting point is - whether it's from the pier in front of City Hall or Opera House, it will be at 9:45AM and 10:15AM respectively. Cruises last up to two hours.

Are there any days the cruises don't run?

May 17th is a national holiday in Norway, as are December 24th and 25th.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Visit Oslofjord anytime, but check cruise times in advance, which vary.
  • Is it expensive?
    Strolling the fjord is free, but the activities you choose to do will probably cost money.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Take the Inter City-train bound for Skien or the express bus to Fredrikstad.
  • Additional information
    ** It's possible to go around the fjord in a day, but better to reserve 2-3 days for the trip. | The area's best restaurants are closed in July when the locals go to their summer houses.*

What people are saying about Oslofjord

Beautiful boat and vistas. Good food and drink. Complimentary blankets

Great excursion on a beautiful boat! The boat tour was not too long and not too short. Shrimp buffet was good, even though it was wasted on my wife and kids who don't like shrimp. Norwegians are always prepared for cold weather. The boat is stocked with blankets for the guests, and after an hour we needed them because we didn't bring jackets. They also served hot chocolate, along with beer and wine. Opportunity to talk to other people or keep to yourself. Highly recommended.

Oslo Fjords 3-Hour Evening Buffet Cruise Reviewed by Thomas, 08/20/2018

Amazing experience, beautifully hosted and well priced. Buffett was

Amazing experience, beautifully hosted and well priced. Buffett was delicious. Definitely recommend.

Oslo Fjords 3-Hour Evening Buffet Cruise Reviewed by Clay, 07/24/2018

Beautiful and well worth it even when it's chilly

Was chilly on the boat but the whole ambiance created by the type of boat and availability of mulled wine etc on the boat with the old style lamps on the tables was just wonderful. Views from boat were gorgeous and I'm sure would be even nicer on a clear day.

Oslo Fjord 2-Hour Sightseeing Cruise Reviewed by Aisling, 04/15/2018

It was very cold but the sightseeing cruise was definitely worth it.

I needed to modify the time of the cruise and everyone accommodated my request and there was no problem at all.

Oslo Fjord 2-Hour Sightseeing Cruise Reviewed by Sandra, 02/04/2018

Lovely, but don't bother if it's non-stop rain.

Lovely Oslo harbor tour. Enjoyment very much depends on the weather as there is no indoor area with proper viewing, just a bar area with a few small bistro tables and portholes. The upper and lower decks have tarp coverings but a steady rain will leave you chilled and wet, even with the blankets they offer, as the wind draws in a sideways rain. Should you be fortunate to have the sun shine, it will be a lovely mini cruise with pre-recorded info of the surroundings.

Oslo Fjord 2-Hour Sightseeing Cruise Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 09/11/2017

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